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  • Ski Report 02-08-13

     Angel Fire

    29-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 72 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    Conditions not reported.

    Pajarito\

    20-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 32 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Red River

    40-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 57 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    16-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 3 trails and 2 lifts open.

    Sipapu

    34-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 41 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    28-inch base of variable conditions. No new snow reported. 22 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe

    43-inch base of powder. 3 inches of new snow reported. 69 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Taos

    45-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 110 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Valles Caldera

     4-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 9 trails open.

  • Today in History for Friday, February 8th
  • Forget Fetch, Norman the Dog Rides a Scooter
  • Former LANL Emergency Division Leader faces assault, battery charges

    Anthony Stanford, formerly the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Emergency Operations division leader, was charged with two counts each of assault and battery Monday.

    Stanford, 56, of Santa Fe, was charged after he allegedly sexually harassed a female co-worker for several months at the lab.

    Lab spokesman Kevin Roark said, “Mr. Stanford is not currently an employee of the laboratory.  As general policy, because of employee privacy, the laboratory does not discuss personnel matters.”

    Attorney Kate Ferlic, who is representing the woman along with attorney John Day of Santa Fe, said, “To demonstrate the severity of the harassment: it’s a rare thing when the police file criminal charges against the perpetrator.”

    Stanford’s attorney Laurie Gallegos said her client retired from the lab last month.

    Gallegos said in a written statement, “We understand that information regarding allegations made by an employee of the laboratory, who did not work directly for Mr. Stanford, have been released to the news media.

  • Update 02-07-13

    Movie premier

    The premier of Los Alamos resident Samantha Filer’s films, “The Sword of Arundel,” will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. The show is free.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

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    'Topper Revue

    ’Topper Revue will be at 7 p.m. Friday. The performance includes 16 acts, ranging from dance and song to a variety of skits and comedy. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth, available at the door.

    Free Film Series

     Mesa Public Library presents the Free Film Series, featuring “Rear Window,” at 6:30 p.m. today. 

  • DOE falls victim to hackers, some employee info compromised

    The Department of Energy notified its employees Monday of a recent cyber incident that occurred in mid-January.

    The cyber-attack targeted the headquarters’ network and resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of employee and contractor Personally Identifiable Information.

    NNSA spokesman Josh McConaha said no further information was available on the situation.

    The email to employees said no classified data was compromised.

  • Public calls for 'Los Alamos Municipal Building'

    A committee appointed to hear public opinion about naming the new municipal building for late State Representative Jeannette Wallace voted unanimously against the proposal Monday.

    Forty nine residents either commented or supported comments on the county’s Open Forum. County officials also received more than 70 emails, letters and phone calls and approximately 20 citizens attended two public meetings on the question.

    “Los Alamos Municipal Building” received overwhelming support.

    Los Alamos resident John Bartlit offered a slight variation on that theme.

    “I do not support naming the new public building in town for any person. The opportunity should be used instead to honor and publicize the values of democracy that have served our nation so long and well, namely the unique role that active citizenship has in good governance,” Bartlit said.

    “I propose the name it the Los Alamos County Community Town Hall, the Los Alamos Town Hall or Town Hall on Central to commemorate a value that began our nation. Municipal building and town hall are historical synonyms.”

    At the second public meeting, Bartlit said that several residents had expressed support for that idea. Councilor Fran Berting said she had also heard support for the town hall name.

  • TA-55 project resumes

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory announced on its website that it has resumed the troubled Nuclear Material Safeguards and Security Upgrade Project at Technical Area 55 and it is shooting for a completion date in September.

    Workers from the laboratory and four subcontractors will complete construction and commissioning of the critical security project in the September timeframe, managers said.

    “We’ve mobilized the subcontractors and will have two phases of construction,” said project manager Ty Troutman. “The first starts in February, and it involves things that are not impacted by the weather. I expect a full restart in the late March timeframe.”

    Originally, the system was supposed to cost $213 million, but cost overruns increased the project to $254 million, according to a memo written by Lab Director Charlie McMillan to employees. The revised cost is now $244 million, according to lab spokesman Fred DeSousa.

    According to officials, the lab discovered and reported to the NNSA a construction defect from the 2010 timeframe, and a pair of separate technical issues, resulting in a completion delay for the TA-55 Plutonium Facility security perimeter upgrade project.

    The lab sought legal counsel to help deal with the original botched construction of the project.

  • Empty Bowls set for March 16

    The FAN Club Wednesday night was actually a prelude to an event happening on March 16, the Empty Bowls fundraising project, happening at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    The event benefits Self-Help Inc., a not-for-profit organization that helps New Mexico residents through programs that promote self-reliance.
    For $15, attendees to the March event can pick out a hand-made bowl created by Self-Help Inc. and enjoy a soup lunch, courtesy of participating local restaurants. There will be a silent auction sponsored by KRSN.
    Donations of bread and cookies are needed. If you are interested in helping out, you can call KRSN at 663-1490 and ask for Gillian. If you want to know more about Self Help, log onto selfhelpla.org.
    Wednesday’s event featured a variety of empty bowls that will be given away at the March event. 

  • NM Citizens Advisory Board OKs recommendations

    The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board approved three of four draft recommendations at its meeting last week in Pojoaque.
    According to NNMCAB spokesman William Alexander, recommendations that passed were:
    • Evaluation of storage options for legacy waste that could result from expansion of the WIPP disposal mission;
    • Budget that is related to technology research and development for site clean-up; and
    • EM-SAAB recommendation that DOE place more emphasis and priority on evaluation of technologies that could make recycling excess materials cost effective.
    The NNMCAB also drafted and approved a recommendation regarding the 33 Shafts that are located at LANL, requesting that DOE address the permanent disposition of the 33 Shafts at Material Disposal Area G.
    During the public comment period, the NNMCAB heard comments from Jeanne Green on the PF-4 facility, Green provided the board with a memo from the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board from Nov. 23, 2012. Green asked that the board look into providing a recommendation on the PF-4 Facility.